College is a time to explore the world and discover your values, interests, skills, and abilities.
At Stevenson, your coursework will provide you with theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, while experiential learning will allow you to apply what you've learned in the classroom to real world situations. In addition, experiential learning will provide you with opportunities to define and reflect upon learning and career objectives, develop transferable skills, and increase your comfort and competency while interacting in the global society. The pairing of experiential learning and traditional, classroom-based learning will greatly enhance your college experience.
Service-learning at Stevenson allows you to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve learned in the classroom to meet a genuine need in the community. Service-learning engages you in authentic, real-world experiences to help you better understand course content and reflect upon possibilities for personal and social change.
When you participate in service-learning you become skilled in relating theory with practice, while experiencing a sense of civic responsibility, building connections with the community, and enhancing your employment opportunities after graduation.
In some courses, service-learning is an integral part of the class. A typical service-learning course requires an additional commitment of approximately two to three hours per week serving the community, or a total of 20-30 hours per semester.
Service-Learning is different from:
- Community Service – Any volunteer activity that focuses on meeting the needs of individuals or bettering the community. Community service may be one-time or ongoing. Although the hope is that the volunteers providing the service will learn things such as life skills and processes along the way, the learning is secondary and unintentional because the primary intent is to serve.
- Internships – Generally career or job-oriented and are designed to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in relation to their academic field of study. Internships can last a semester or one year and primarily focus on the students' career development.
Benefits of Service-Learning
Enrolling in service-learning classes at Stevenson University can benefit you academically, personally, and professionally. The following are a few ways service-learning enhances your educational experience:
- Deeper understanding of subject matter as well as complex social issues
- Integration of concepts from class to authentic issues
- Increased sense of social responsibility and citizenship skills
- Enhanced interpersonal and collaboration skills
- Increased cultural competency
- Improved leadership and communication skills
- Increased ability to solve problems creatively
Benefits of service-learning also extend to faculty and community organizations. Faculty report enhanced teaching due to the practical application of the more theoretical concepts discussed in the classroom. It also provides opportunities for research, connections with community organizations, and outlets for professional expertise. Meanwhile, community partners receive valued service and institutional support which enhances the organization’s capacity to achieve their mission. You can learn more about the benefits of service-learning.
For more information about service-learning, contact Dr. Christine Moran.
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Undergraduate research provides an opportunity for students to conduct original, independent research in their academic field under the mentorship of Stevenson faculty or an off-campus mentor. Students apply the knowledge gained from course work to original research questions and hone their critical thinking, technical, and communication skills in the context of a professional research setting. Undergraduate research allows students to experience what it means to be a scholar in their field, working at the forefront of a discipline and advancing knowledge.
Many opportunities exist for students to engage in undergraduate research in many programs, including independent research courses, capstone research experiences, summer research experiences, work study, and research assistant positions. Students are encouraged to discuss specific opportunities with their academic advisor or department chair. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research also offers information on many off-campus and summer research opportunities.
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